Floral Birthday for MMM # 149

Welcome back to another Make My Monday challenge! The design team members each created floral birthday cards, so please visit their blogs as well.

I used the new and absolutely fabulous Hand-Penned DSP (designer series paper) for my card. When I first saw it in the new catalog, I thought it looked washed-out. Then I saw cards using the DSP, and they were stunning! Of course, I ordered it ASAP, which meant during the demonstrator pre-order period!

Here’s my card:

Letting the DSP Do All the Work!

I wanted to leave as much of the DSP showing as possible. It’s just too pretty to cover up, especially since this was my first time using it! Therefore, I made sure the DSP did all the work for me.

What I Did:

  • I used Highland Heather cardstock for the base of the card. It measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to form a tent card.
  • The Hand-Penned measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. While I had the DSP out, I also trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches. In addition, I punched a 1 inch circle of it to create the envelope seal. After running it through the XYRON create-a-sticker machine (you can see it here), I adhered the DSP to the envelope flap and trimmed it. I’ve found that if I don’t do that right away, I loose track of the envelope flap piece. The envelope seal goes inside the envelope, and it’s ready to be written out and mailed.
  • I figured out where I wanted my raised block of DSP to live, then eyeballed it to make sure I had it straight. Using the Stitched Rectangle dies, I cropped a vertical rectangle measuring 2-1/4 inches by 3-5/8 inches.
  • Then I very carefully trimmed a scrap piece of black cardstock to 2-3/8 inches by 3-3/4 inches for the mat.
  • The last piece of cardstock I trimmed measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches for the inside panel of the card.

Putting It Together

  • After carefully adhering the DSP to the black mat, I wrapped a length of the Soft Succulent open weave ribbon around the matted DSP. Amazingly, this bow turned out to actually work the first time I tied it. Will wonders ever cease? I adhered the bow to the DSP using two glue dots. I put one on the front under the bow, and the one on the back of the mat.
  • Next, I stamped the birthday sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock. Then, I cropped it using the nested labels die set. While I used a sentiment from the Here’s a Card stamp set (available in the current mini-catalog), any birthday sentiment would’ve worked since I offset it from the raised DSP. Finally, I outlined the sentiment using the Soft Succulent marker.
  • I used dimensionals under the DSP mat and under parts of the sentiment. Where the sentiment label overlaps the raised DSP I used multipurpose glue to adhere it down.
  • Every birthday card needs some bling, right? I used three of the Soft Succulent In Color Jewels and placed one on the center of each of the three flowers on the raised DSP.
  • Next, I adhered the whole front to the Highland Heather cardstock using multipurpose glue. I know I’ve said it many times before, but this adhesive just makes me happy. You could even say I am obsessed with it. Take a peek at my stash of the Tombow in one of my drawers:
  • That’s not counting the three I have ready to use on my desk.
  • After adhering the white cardstock to the inside of the card, I’d finished this card/envelope/seal coordinated set. I know it took me longer to type this blog post than it did to create the card!

Do You Love Fun Folds?

I always enjoy finding and learning how to do a new fun fold card! If you do as well, please stop by a new challenge, Creative Creases from Debbie Mageed at The Secret Stamper! I am having a blast with her challenges and have learned some new fun folds! Join the fun at her website! My card for the current challenge is made and will be blogged before the end of the challenge this week.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.


I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue

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The 2021 – 2022 Catalog is Live!

Just Take a look at this fabulous Hand-Penned suite!

HAND-PENNED SUITE COLLECTION (ENGLISH)

The picture doesn’t do the DSP justice, so here’s a look at just that:

HAND-PENNED 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER

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A Sympathy Card for MMM#148

Welcome back to another Make My Monday Challenge! The theme for MMM#148 is to create a sympathy card. These cards seem so difficult to do when the need arises. I almost feel like I am tempting fate when I make one in advance, but then am thankful when needed.

Here’s my card:

Black, yellow and white is such a classic color combination and I’ve always loved it. While yellow seems doesn’t seem like a traditional sympathy color, I think the intentional pops of black make this combination completely appropriate for a sympathy card.

Measurements:

  • The So Saffron base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 to create a tent card.
  • The black mat measures 5-3/8 inches by 8-1/4 inches.
  • Since the Painted Texture #D embossing folder creates such a deep emboss that I like to trim the paper to size after embossing. This top layer measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • While I had the white paper handy, I trimmed a piece for the inside of the card to the same measurements.
  • Amazingly, I had the black flourish in the 8×8 inch page protectors I use for scraps of cardstock. I simply needed to trim it to 5-1/2 inches wide.
  • The piece of the So Saffron 6 x 6 inch DSP measures 1-1/8 x 5-1/4 inches.
  • I picked a piece of coordinating yellow butterfly DSP for the envelope flap. That piece measured 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches. I have realized I need to attach the paper for envelope flaps as soon as I trim it down so I don’t misplace the piece.

Putting It Together

  • Once I had all my pieces, putting the card together proved to be a simple process.
  • I attached the Basic Black mat and the white embossed card front using the multipurpose glue.
  • Then I adhered the So Saffron strip and the black flourish using multipurpose glue as well. This Tombow adhesive is my favorite go-to adhesive. So much so that I make sure I always have at least 15 tubes on hand. I don’t want to have any chance of running out, especially when I start creating cards en masse.
  • I cropped this beautiful butterfly from a piece of the Butterfly Bijou DSP, which has sold out. However, happiness still abounds because the Butterfly Brilliance bundle contains the coordinating stamp set and die set. Take a look at this gorgeousness:
BUTTERFLY BRILLIANCE BUNDLE
  • The stamp set is actually all one stamp, as is the coordinating die. Many demonstrators have purchases a second stamp set to cut it apart for single butterflies. I think I will have to do that as well.
  • This beautifully simple sentiment on the front comes from the Heal Your Heart Sale-a-Bration stamp set. I stamped it using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, then cropped it using the stitched rectangle dies. Next, I outlined the rectangle with the black marker to add some dimension to the sentiment.
  • I popped up the sentiment and the butterfly on dimensionals.
  • Finally, I used three of the 2020 – 2022 In Color enamel dots to add something simple to the card.
  • I purposely didn’t add ribbon because I thought the flourish carried the eyes from one side of the card to the other. Adding ribbon would take away the card clean and simple design of the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card and envelope set.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will visit the Make My Monday Challenge and also visit the blogs of the other design team members. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery!


I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue

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The 2021 – 2022 Catalog is Live!

My new catalog order arrives Wednesday! I plan to do an unboxing video and hope to post that later in the week.

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April Showers Theme for Make My Monday Challenge #147 & TSOT 503

Welcome back for another MMM challenge. Here in Central Florida we had a few days of storms last week. Rainy days are perfect for reading or crafting, but I was working. However, I did create an April Showers card using the Under My Umbrella photopolymer stamp set and coordinating punch.

Here’s my card:

This Ornate Garden DSP retires in just a few short weeks, but I’ve really enjoyed using it throughout the year. Since January I’ve really come to love Terracotta Tile and Rococo Rose and will be sorry to see them go!

The clean and simple layout is from the Try Stamping on Tuesday #503 challenge, which ends on May 2nd, so you have time to play along with it and with this MMM challenge.

Measurements:

  • I used Terracotta Tile for the base, and it measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold.
  • The Pear Pizazz mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I did crop the oval shape for the sentiment panel from the center of this mat.
  • The floral Ornate Garden DSP is trimmed to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • While I was trimming this floral DSP, I trimmed a piece for the envelope flap to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed the Terracotta Tile cardstock to 2-1/4 inches by 5-1/4 inches. The Pear Pizazz DSP 2 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I cropped the ovals from scraps of white for the sentiment using the Layered Ovals die set.
  • The white cardstock panel for the inside of the card measures my usual 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches.

Putting It Together

  • I picked a single color DSP from the Ornate Garden DSP for the umbrella and boots. Then, I stamped the umbrella and boots from the Rococo Rose DSP and punched the umbrella out.
  • I did stamp the boots on a scrap piece of white as well. After coloring in the soles and top rims of the boots, I fussy cut both of the boot pieces. I adhered the DSP boots to the white boots.
  • Since I was using a photopolymer stamp set, I was able to stamp the sentiment using the Momento Tuxedo Black after cropping the oval.
  • Even after outlining the white ovals with the Terracotta Tile Stamping Write Marker, I knew the top oval needed something more. Therefore, I used the raindrop stamp and stamped it randomly using VersaMark. Then I heat embossed the drops using clear stamping powder. These drops are very subtle, but do make a difference.
  • Here’s a close-up of the raindrops:
  • The only dimensionals I used are under the scalloped oval, the umbrella and the boots.
  • Since I created this card for my daughter, I used a sentiment from the Strong and Beautiful stamp set for the inside.
  • Finally, I adhered and trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap. I also punched a 1 inch DSP circle using the DSP from the umbrella and boots. I ran this circle and through the XYRON create-a-sticker to use to seal the envelope.
  • This card./envelope/seal coordinated set was finished!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.


I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue

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It’s Almost Time for the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog!

So far, I’ve only gotten the new In-Color basic supplies. However, I will be putting in another pre-order. There are two suites at the top of my wish list, and as soon as I can order them, I will. There’s a sneak peak of the first suite on the cover of the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog:

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That DSP is absolutely, stunningly gorgeous! I can not wait to order this on May 4th!

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Butterflies in Checks for MMM #146 and PPC #421

Welcome to this week’s Make My Monday challenge # 146! I’m the host for this week’s challenge, which is Checks or Plaid. I have DSP (Designer Series Paper) in both of this week’s patterns. However, for some reason I made it a bit more involved.

Here’s my card:

See what I mean about involved? I decided to make my own check pattern. Once I did the math, it really came together easily.

Here’s the outdoor theme challenge banner for Paper Craft Crew #421:

Measurements and Math

  • The card base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent fold.
  • In my humble opinion, this set of DSP patterns look stunning on black backgrounds, so that’s what I did. The black mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I used the Butterfly Bijou DSP, but once you have the dimensions of the boxes, any DSP will work. For my card, there I chose to have four columns and 5 rows. Since all the math stays the same, this could also be a landscape card.
  • The boxes each measure 1 inch by 15/16 inches. In my happy world, I find it easier to measure it out to 1 inch by 1 line before 1 inch on my paper trimmer. Either way, it comes out the same.
  • I started cutting the DSP to place it on the black mat from the bottom up. First, I cut a 1 inch strip, then started cutting the 15/16 inch pieces. I made sure that I kept the pieces in order so that I could match all of them up as I went. I found it much easier to adhere each row down as I cut it out. This process helped me keep the DSP pattern in order.
  • Since I had the DSP out, I cut a piece measuring 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. I’ve also found that I really need to adhere the envelope flap when I cut out the paper. If I don’t, then I tend to put the strip away with the DSP, which means I later start searching.

Adding the Rest of the Elements

  • Since I want to be able to add an inside sentiment when I am ready to send this card out, I wanted to keep the outside sentiment very generic. I think “Thinking of You” allows me to add a variety of sentiments from get well to just a hello card.
  • The sentiment from the front of the card is from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set. I stamped it using the Momento Tuxedo Black stamp pad on white cardstock.
  • Next, I cropped the sentiment using the Stitched So Sweetly die set. The sentiment mat in Just Jade is also cropped using that die set. I outlined both pieces using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.
  • Next, I wrapped the Just Jade ribbon around the black base mat, and tied it in a little bow. I decided on a left-hand placement for the bow after dry-fitting the sentiment pieces on the front of the card.
  • I used large glue dots to adhere the Just Jade sentiment mat just for a bit of height, which made it easier for it to lay down over the ribbon.
  • The actual sentiment panel has dimensionals under it for more height.
  • Finally, I played around with the two butterflies to decide where they needed to live and used multipurpose glue and dimensions to adhere them down.

Finishing Up

  • After adhering a 5-1/4 inch by 4 inch white cardstock panel to the inside of the card, I trimmed the DSP on the envelope flap.
  • Finally, I punched a coordinating piece of DSP using my 1 inch circle punch. Then I ran that circle through my XYRON create-a-sticker machine. By creating a sticker, I can seal the envelope cleanly and germ-free.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinating card/envelope/sticker seal set. I think it’s gorgeous, and am quite sure it will be going in the mail quickly.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.


I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.


Have a Peachy Day!
Sue


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Pre-Order Has Begun!

So far, I’ve only gotten the new In-Color basic supplies. However, I will be putting in another pre-order. There are two suites at the top of my wish list, and as soon as I can order them, I will. There’s a sneak peak of the first suite on the cover of the 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalog:

That DSP is absolutely, stunningly gorgeous! I can not wait to order this on May 4th!

If you want to be able to take advantage of the pre-order period, let me know! You can join with an order of just $125 of supplies for $99. There’s no obligation, either!

Do you live in the U.S. and need a demonstrator? If so, I’d love to talk to you!

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If you are ordering less than $150.00, please use the host code shown. If you are ordering more than $150.00, please contact me first so you can get your stamping rewards!  Any order over $50 will earn a little surprise from me.

The HOST CODE for April is 6QMKRYXG.

Again, thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate your comments and your time.

Make My Monday # 144 is CAS

Welcome to another bi-weekly Make My Monday challenge! Wei picked the Clean and Simple theme for this challenge, and that means a lot of white space.

Here’s my card:

Measurements

  • I started with a Just Jade base trimmed to 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The black mat measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I cropped the Stitched Shapes middle circle out of this mat to save cardstock.
  • The white cardstock measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, and I dry embossed it with the Petal Burst embossing folder. I thought that the shape of the petals on the embossing folder matched the shape of the black petal on the DSP.
  • I also cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • Next, I cut two strips of the Flowers and Field DSP. The one for the card measures 2 inches by 4 inches. I trimmed the second one for the envelope flap, so it measures 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches.
  • I used scraps of white to punch out two of the large daisy punch flowers. Then, I used the blending brush with the Bumblebee ink pad to color the two stamps. I tried to get a darker color towards the center of the petals, but I don’t think it shows up well on the card.
  • As long as I had the blending brush and ink handy, I created a very light, loose circle of color right on the center of the inside panel. Then, I used another sentiment from Rooted in Nature for the inside panel.
  • While I’ve had the Rooted in Nature stamp set since it released a couple of years ago, I finally used the sentiment BE STRONG, BE HAPPY, BE YOU. After stamping it on a scrap of white, I trimmed between the lines of the sentiment for a lighter impact on the card. I thought a single sentiment block wouldn’t work with the CAS theme.
  • Finally, I cut a piece of Just Jade ribbons long enough to wrap around the white cardstock layer and tied it in a bow. I placed the ribbon so that it would form a border between the DSP and the white cardstock.

Putting It Together

  • I used multipurpose glue to adhere the black, white, and DSP layers together. I almost goofed, but remembered to tie the ribbon before adhering the white/DSP layer to the black cardstock. Multipurpose glue also adhered the interior panel to the inside of the card.
  • In order to get just enough height to clear the ribbon on the front, I used a couple of the 3/4 inch glue dots under the black Stitched Shape circle.
  • There are dimensionals under each layer of the daisy. I also used mini-dimensionals under the three sentiment strips.
  • After trimming down the DSP on the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope coordinated set. I just love this DSP!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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Butterfly Bouquet is Available Now!

Just look at all that gorgeousness! The butterfly stamp is all one piece, as is the coordinating die. The die will also perfectly crop out butterflies on the coordinating DSP! No coloring needed, unless you want to do so.

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Make My Monday # 143, Masculine Birthday

Welcome, again, to another Make My Monday challenge. The theme for challenge #143 is masculine birthday. For this challenge, I created a pretty clean and simple card using the Soar Confidently stamp set, with a birthday sentiment from the Art Gallery stamp set.

Here’s my card:

While creating a masculine collage card would also completely work, I decided that this one would be very clean.

What I Did:

Not only is the card very clean, but the way I created this is very simple. Therefore, this card falls into the easy-peasy category.

  • Since I wanted to stay as neutral as possible, I used Early Espresso for the base of the card. I trimmed the cardstock to 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, and scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • I trimmed the Crumb Cake mat to 5-3/8 inches by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed the In Good Taste DSP to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I also cut a piece of this DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • The multipurpose glue adhered all these layers together.
  • I wanted to tie in the Crumb Cake and the Navy in the DSP. Therefore, I used the Night of Navy ink to stamp the hot air balloon onto Crumb Cake cardstock. Then I very carefully fussy cut the balloon out.
  • The Night of Navy ink made a bold statement on the white cardstock. Next, I trimmed the sentiment block using the Stitched Rectangles die.
  • The rule of threes for balance on the card told me that I needed to add something, which would also tie in the sentiment and the balloon so they don’t look like they just float on the card front. In order to have three elements on the front of the card, I grabbed the burlap ribbon and cut a piece to run vertically down the left side of the card.
  • I used glue dots to adhere the burlap ribbon. Dimensionals and mini-dimensionals gave the sentiment and hot air balloon some height.
  • There is a piece of white cardstock on the inside of the card, but I haven’t added a sentiment for it yet. I will wait until I know the recipient and will then add a personal note and sentiment.
  • After adhering and trimming the DSP to the envelope flap, I’d completed this card/envelope set.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue

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